I came to Seattle in 2009 to study music performance at the University of Washington. I started part-time at Classical KING FM in the autumn of 2011. Over the years, I have been KING FM’s Music Assistant, Assistant Music Director, and Content Manager. I was part of the group that created Second Inversion, and I designed the Second Inversion logo. I am currently an “on-air” (streaming) host, live broadcast host, and blog contributor with Second Inversion. I was selected as Program Director in June 2017.
I am committed to preserving the success and traditions of KING FM, but I am also passionate about finding ways for KING to remain relevant in a changing media landscape. Listening habits are changing and diversifying, so we must follow the listeners where they are leading us, while continuing to serve those who continue to consume radio in a traditional manner. I have respect and appreciation for the traditions of classical music and KING FM, but I am also eager to consider classical music with a fresh perspective that is focused on the future.
My bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both in tuba performance. I remain an active freelancer in the Seattle area, performing a wide variety of musical styles in diverse contexts. I have performed with Seattle Symphony and many other groups in the area, including Olympia Symphony, Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island, Seattle Rock Orchestra, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and many others.
Outside of professional activities, I am passionate about food and drink and the outdoors, and am an avid hiker. I take pride in Seattle and the Puget Sound region, and am proud to call it home.
I was born and grew up in Michigan.
– Seth Tompkins, KING FM Program Director